Satan Is Real by Charlie Louvin
The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

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Louvin shows little interest in dates or discographies but draws short, sharp sketches of his contemporaries—and is not shy about making judgments...
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Get ready for one of America’s great untold stories: the true saga of the Louvin Brothers, a mid-century Southern gothic Cain and Abel and one of the greatest country duos of all time. The Los Angeles Times called them “the most influential harmony team in the history of country music,” but Emmylou Harris may have hit closer to the heart of the matter, saying “there was something scary and washed in the blood about the sound of the Louvin Brothers.” For readers of Johnny Cash’s irresistible autobiography and Merle Haggard’s My House of Memories, no country music library will be complete without this raw and powerful story of the duo that everyone from Dolly Parton to Gram Parsons described as their favorites: the Louvin Brothers.
 

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Charlie Louvin was born July 7, 1927 in Henager, Alabama. He and his older brother Ira scored their first record deal with Apollo in 1947, released a single on Decca in 1949, and recorded 12 sides for MGM in 1951 and 1952. Later in 1952 they signed with Capitol Records where they recorded 24 albums including the classic, "Satan Is Real." The brothers joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and stayed there until breaking up in 1963. Charlie's solo career began in 1964 with the top five hit "I Don't Love You Anymore," and he followed it with six Billboard-charting singles from 12 Capitol LPs. The Louvin Brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2001. 2003 saw the release of Louvin Brothers tribute album Livin', Lovin' Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers, which won two Grammy Awards in 2004. Charlie was also a four-time GRAMMY® nominee as a solo artist, most recently in 2008 (Best Traditional Folk Album) and 2009 (Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album). Charlie Louvin passed away on January 26, 2011.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Igniter. 323 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alex Abramovich on Feb 17 2012

This was more than close-harmony singing; each instance was an act of transubstantiation.

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Reviewed by ALEC SOLOMITA on Jan 07 2012

Louvin shows little interest in dates or discographies but draws short, sharp sketches of his contemporaries—and is not shy about making judgments...

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